The Paper Birds of Cristian Marianciuc

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Romanian artist Cristian Marianciuc creates beautiful origami birds with feathers and minute details. A work of goldsmith that is appreciated as a true work of art.

In 2015, Cristian took on the challenge of making one origami bird every day for 1,000 days. He accomplished this, and he still continues to create more and more experimental, original birds and brings to life an impressive collection of origami.

Like the first pieces created in 2015, Marianciuc’s ever-growing creations showcase his great sense of detail and color and his creative approach to traditional origami. More detailed details and incredibly complex cuts characterize these new models, the most ambitious in his collection to date.

Marianciuc also announced that he would soon start a mini-series inspired by Japanese folklore. Fascinated by the art of origami, its symbolism, and its history, he remains obsessed with flying, wings, and feathers. Currently, he gives himself the time to create at a slower pace and listens closely to his design instinct.

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“Hades” crane Song of the day: Hyperballad by Björk @bjork Looking at today’s finished crane, I get a deep sense of sadness mixed with gratitude. It’s one of those situations when I feel that it’s not me who’s created this bird. A very strange feeling! I wanted to give Hades a serene personality, I wanted him to inspire awe. With him being the Greek god of the underworld and the dead, I wanted to play on contrasts. On a completely unrelated topic (well, not completely unrelated), I’ve been watching lots of pregnancy announcement videos on YouTube. Yes, I know it’s strange. I know! But don’t you also sometimes go from video to video and end up in a – let’s call it “unexpected place” on there? Don’t you give me that disapproving look! Anyway, it’s so touching to see people’s reactions. Especially those of dads-to-be. To see the look on their faces and the avalanche of emotions, the overwhelming hit of joy, it’s really heartwarming. Life is so precious! I suppose that the fact I’m one of 11 kids myself and that I have 15 nephews and nieces already might explain a few things, haha! Back to birds and paper and mythology! I have one more mythology-themed bird coming up, for now. And next week, most of the birds will go to my Etsy shop. I say most of them because some of you lovely people already called dibs on a couple of them, hehe. Thanks so much for that! Okay, I’m done now. This was weird, right? No? Okay! Great! #origami #icarusmidair #mythology #hades #white #blackandwhite #wings #wings #paperart #papercut #craft #diy #paper #feathers #feather #owl #falcon #hawk #eagle #delicate #miniature

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“Hephaestus” crane Song of the day: Light on by Maggie Rogers @maggierogers Did someone say more Greek mythology-inspired cranes? Well, I believe I did! Haha! There is a little place in my brain that absolutely loves all things feathers and wings, and right next to that little place there is another little place that loves all things tiny. You can imagine how excited I am to be working on this mini-series and then to have them in front of me just to look at and grin like a goof. It’s a very grey day today and I will be spending most of it helping one of my brothers plant stuff on his field. It takes me back to being a kid, picking potatoes or corn, preparing hay for winter…aww, the good old days. Before I go, here’s a piece of interesting trivia – Did you know that one of Hephaestus’ sacred animals was the crane? (I didn’t, but the coincidence made me smile even wider). #origami #icarusmiair #mythology #hephaestus #wings #silver #feather #feathers #paperart #miniature #wing

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“Prometheus” crane Song of the day: Flickering by Danny Barwick @dannybarwickmusic I worked on this crane over almost an entire week. I took my time, I hesitated to start, I got too excited and then I landed back on solid ground. I got emotional about it. And that’s how I knew this particular bird would have a lasting impact on me. Initially, I created seven pairs of minuscule wings, smaller than I had ever attempted. “Unplucking” each feather became like a meditation. But seven pairs of wings were not enough: so I went ahead and created nine more, nine even smaller pairs of wings. I started a fire within me with the help of 32 paper wings. A cherub poured in gold. #origami #icarusmidair #paperart #wings #wing #feathers #gold #miniature #cherub #angel #prometheus #icarus

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“Azrael” crane Song of the day: Be still, my tongue (slow meadow rework) by Snorri Hallgrímsson @snorri_hallgrimsson @slowmeadow Here is the first crane, of hopefully many, that I’ve created as a tribute to an artist I really look up to – this time it is Peter Mohrbacher @petemohrbacher. His ‘Angelarium” series is breathtaking. Just beautiful. So, I took inspiration from his piece ‘Azrael’ and I came up with this crane. I loved working on it, each feather of each wing was a thrill to bring to life. And I am very happy with the final result. By now you must know about my obsession with wings and feathers and angels, so this was a real joy to work on. I’m happy I brought out my watercolours again. It has been a long while since I used them. I had forgotten how much I love painting, hehe. It is raining here today, and all the snow has turned into mud. There is mud everywhere. Today will be a day of herbal teas and films in my room, haha. What are some artists you really look up to and love? Artists whose work speaks to you on a profound level? I would love to know. Until the next crane, have a wonderful weekend! #origami #paperart #angelarium #azrael #angel #wings #feathers #petermohrbacher #watercolor #watercolour #scary #dark #icarusmidair #cristianmarianciuc

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“Olympus III” Song of the day: Death in reverse by John Mark McMillan @johnmarkmcmillan Posting this last photo from the series feels quite melancholic. But it’s almost like some sort of closure. And if there is something that I lack in my life is a healthy amount of closure, haha! I started tidying up my room today, but I gave up half-way through. So now I have a pile of stuff in the middle of the room, waiting to be relocated/put back/thrown away. It’s terribly cold outside, and I just came back from a walk. My moustache and beard turned white and my ears are still defrosting. I should probably go downstairs and fix myself a hot cup of mint tea with lemon and honey. Off I go! I hope everyone is having a peaceful weekend! x #origami #icarusmidair #mythology #olympus #white #wings #wings #paperart #papercut #craft #diy #paper #feathers #feather #delicate #miniature

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“borderless self” crane Song of the day: Apollo by Tourist @tourist It was time I revisited a side of my identity that I don’t talk about all that much: my geographic roots. I was born in Romania: in a minuscule town in the north-east of the country. The region is called Bucovina. For this crane, I did some research in the area of local folkloric motifs, and after looking at countless traditional costumes and textiles, houses and other decorations, I created my own patterns. I spent many hours creating the designs and then very, very carefully cutting them out with my trusted @excelblades knife. I then layered the different components and voilà. I was so excited with the final result, that I felt the need to show this crane off to people around me. Mum approved it, and I could not ask for more. Check out my stories to see all the tiny details – of which there are many and intricate. I will most definitely come back to this topic of cultural identity. It’s something that, along with languages, fascinates me very much! x #origami #icarusmidair #folklore #traditional #bucovina #bukowina #romania #romanian #culture #paperart #papercutting

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“paper imitates life” crane Song of the day: Honey by Robyn @robynkonichiwa #WHPmatching If you saw my stories today, I shared that I found an old envelope with little nothings I have saved from my travels: plane, train, concert and museum tickets, my high school name badge and other paper memories. Of course, I decided to transform them into today’s crane. I also still have on my desk the bouquet of wild flowers I picked for myself for my 1-year anniversary of having completed my ‘Senbazuru’ project. And the thing I love almost as much as real flowers is paper ones. Taking advantage of @instagram’s weekend hashtag project of “matching”, I decided to create two cranes: a “living” one and a paper one. I use these terms loosely, of course. After all, nature is my biggest source of inspiration! Now I will get back to enjoying this rainy and grey day. I’ll most likely make myself a big cup of tea and attempt to tidy up my room a bit…or watch a movie. #origami #icarusmidair #paperart #paperflowers #floral #daisy #papercutting #botanical #miniature #flowers #wings #paper

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Anatomy of a broken body – (iii) cut to the bones – arboreal Song of the day: I want you by Shinee @shinee Once again, I get to bring together some of the things that inspire me the most. In this case: anatomy and plants; trees and leaves in particular. I’ve patiently cut away at this golden sheet of paper to bring out a shiny “network” of vegetal bones. Some leaves on the wings are overgrown, piercing through the imaginary skin and giving way to the possibility of a new type of flight. I still have a handful of ideas for this mini-series, and I will try my best to share at least one new design every week. Until the next bird, look after yourself! x #origami #skeleton #botanical #leaf #leaves #papercutting #paperart #branch #vegetal #tree #arboreal

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